Swimming with Seals

Author(s): Victoria Whitworth

Biography & Travel Writing

An inspiring book about intense physical and personal experience. Victoria Whitworth began swimming in the cold waters of Orkney as a means of temporary escape from a failing marriage, a stifling religious environment and a series of health problems. Over four years, her encounters with the sea and all its weathers, the friendships she made, the wild creatures she encountered, combined to transform her life. This book is a love letter, to the beach where she swims regularly and its microcosmic world, to the ever-changing cold waters where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and to the seals, her constant companions.


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'Each little "dreamlike postcard" in this captivating book takes you deeper into the world novelist Victoria Whitworth experienced as a sea-swimmer in the wild waters of Orkney' Sainsbury's Magazine. 'The author's descriptions of the coastline in Orkney and the savannah in Kenya, where she spent some of her childhood, are sharp and original ... enjoy wallowing in the richness of her theological, philosophical and literary knowledge' The National. 'There's no shortage of books about wild swimming out this month and next ... perhaps the most intriguing of the lot, however, and certainly of most interest to Scottish readers, is Swimming with Seals ... wonderfully evocative' Scotland on Sunday. 'Attentive, astute and beautiful. I adored and shared the joys of swimming in the sea and of self knowledge, and I also learned much from this book. It expanded my mind and heart' Amy Liptrot. 'An eloquent celebration of swimming in the cold waters of Orkney and a fascinating memoir' Half Man Half Book. 'I finished this book wanting to find a cold lido, or jump into a lake, or walk into the cold sea and stay there for as long as I could stand it, and then do it again' Guardian.

Victoria Whitworth is a historian and bestselling author of THE BONE THIEF, THE TRAITORS' PIT and DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF. She lives on a smallholding in Orkney, where she writes full time.

General Fields

  • : 9781784978372
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : 0.404
  • : March 2017
  • : 210mm X 130mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 208